Summary: Great card, low price, fast shipping. No complaints. It has Elpida memory, so I think that keeps this card a bit cheaper than the MSI Lightning for example. You can still get a decent overclock on this Gigabyte card, but if you have no plans to overclock then there is no reason to get the MSI over...
Summary: To think I was getting along with 6875s and then a R9 270. These 290Xs rock.
Pros: The increase in my FPS for several graphics-intense games was phenomenal. My performance in the games improved. Also, watching HD On Demand shows from my cable provider is also mind blowing.
Cons: But then one of my two XOC-4GD's gave up the ghost. Crossfire killed the graphics card star. Down to one XOC-4GDs. This one is actually the NEW model. The failed one is a Open Box from NewEgg, without a NewEgg return option. Now to see how Gigabyte support works for the bad one. I had called a Gi...
Summary: I am very happy with the fleet of 290X cards I bought in 2013/2014. I have two stock cards from XFX and Sapphire and this Gigabyte does outperform both in clocks and cooling. It is startlingly quieter than any card I've ever owned.
Pros: - Runs ~4-10°C cooler than my stock 290X cards - Overall higher overclock and power options than a stock 290X - Remarkably, at even 70% fan speed this card is still barely audible compared to similar cards that sound like leaf blowers - Gigabyte makes very good components in general, I trust them...
Cons: - The "fin" on the heatsink is unnecessary and cannot be seen when the card is installed in a bottom-PSU case - What happened to backplates on high-end cards? I miss them. - Price in early 2014 was ridiculous because of fad coin mining - Gigabyte software needs a LOT of work
Pros: AMD has a better price/performance ratio than nVidia, supports Mantle API and has better Linux support for some applications. I've also gotten impressive reliability out of most Gigabyte products.
Cons: After driver install and boot under Windows 7 64-bit and Linux, the screen went black and would not display anything. If you search for "R9 290X black screen" you will find many others with similar problems. It seems that the factory overclocked chips just aren't up to the task. Shame on AMD.
Summary: Attached to my machine after making some alteration in the case and changing power supply. Display/monitor was never configured, in device manager of windows it visible and was plugged in properly. Perhaps the issue was with display ports.